I used to be indecisive…

…but now I'm not so sure


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5 places I would like to visit again

Bevchen at Confuzzledom nominated me (ages ago now) as part of the Booked.netTop Destinations to Go There promotion.  The idea is to suggest five destinations I would like to return to, with photos, and then nominate five other bloggers to do the same.  I’m lucky enough to have travelled to many wonderful places, both at home and in the wider northern hemisphere (the southern hemisphere is on my list!) so it has been really heard to decide which five to include here.

Disneyland, Paris

Disneyland Paris

The Disney skyline with Sleeping Beauty’s castle

I’m starting with Disneyland Paris because I keep saying I would like to go back there (more so than any other place apparently).  It was my first introduction to the Disney ‘experience’ and, while I have loved every visit I have made to the theme parks of Orlando, Florida, I’ve always remembered the ‘awe and wonder’ of the Paris park.  We went about 15 years ago and I just loved the cleverness of it all –  the look of the park, the fun of the excellent rides, the fireworks (I had never seen such a wonderful display before), the range of hotels, everything…

Iceland

the blue lagoon, Iceland

The fabulous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa

I have been to Iceland twice.  The first time I went, in April 1982 I think, was the first time I went anywhere on an aeroplane.  Previous travels had been by car (family touring holidays in Scotland and France) or boat (Scandinavian and Mediterannean cruises when I was at school) so it was with trepidation that I took to the air.  I didn’t particularly enjoy the flight, but found the country fascinating and really enjoyed the long weekend I spent there.  I went again 18 months ago, in the hope of seeing the Aurora Borealis, but it rained for almost the whole time so that was that, although we still had an interesting time.  We visited Gulfoss waterfall, Rekjavik, Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir thermal area and, best of all, the fabulous Blue Lagoon where we spent an afternoon and where it didn’t rain (typical).  I’d like to go back again for two reasons – 1) to explore the northern part of the country, and 2) maybe to see the northern lights!

Boston

photo credit: bostonducktours.com

photo credit: bostonducktours.com

I spent a few days here several years ago and would love to go back to spend more time, and to see more.  What I did see was very interesting, but it was really too much of a whistestop tour.  We went on a Duck Tour which took us round the city on an authentic, renovated World War II amphibious landing vehicle.  Our guide was great fun and he was full of facts and insights into the city.  We also walked Boston’s Freedom Trail,  with a guide dressed in 18th century costume, and took a bus to the Italian quarter where we ate one of their famous cannolis.  The weather was mainly wet, which was a shame, but I really enjoyed my visit.  If I returned, in addition to exploring more of the city, I would like to go outside Boston itself and see the outlying countryside and small towns.  Perhaps I’d like to go in the autumn and see some of the famous fall colours.  I’d also be hoping to take lots of photos because I seem to have mislaid all but one of the photos I took, which is a shame, because it is a very picturesque place.

Venice

grand canal view from terrace

the Grand Canal complete with parked gondolas

I loved the atmosphere of Venice, and the fact that it looked just like it does in the postcards!  It was August when we were there, and the sunshine on the warm terracotta coloured buildings, and the water of the Grand Canal reflecting the blue of the sky was beautiful.  I’d like to go back and walk again in the narrow streets and little squares between the canals, have a coffee in St Mark’s square then climb to the top of the Basilica to see the fabulous view.  I’d like to visit some of the places we didn’t have time to see; the Lido, or the glass makers in Murrano (we saw one of the factories, but none of them were operating because it was holiday time).  I’d like to go to a museum and/or gallery, or maybe I would like to go back when it is Carnevale and see all the people in their fabulous costumes and masks.

 

The South of France

This is a rather general area because I couldn’t narrow it down to just one town or village.  I think I was 17 when I went, with my family, on my first trip to the south of France.  We drove from our home not far from Glasgow, making several overnight stops on the way to our campsite in the hills above St Tropez on the south coast.  One overnight stop I remember vividly was the small town of Annecy, which I thought was one of the prettiest places I had ever seen.

Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy

I loved everything about being in the south of France – the weather,  the countryside and the excitement of being near to such a fashionable resort.  We explored the area and I remember driving through the camargue, with the white horses,  and visiting the town of Grasse where perfume was (and probably still is) famously made as well as going into St Tropez itself where the size of the yachts, the pavement cafes and the beautiful sun-tanned people were things to marvel at.  I’ve been back to the south of France several times (another twice on family holidays then several times with Mr Decisive), but would very much like to go back again.

My photos from that very first trip haven’t stood the test of time very well, so I have only posted a couple of them.

The camargue

White horses! Well, it is the camargue.

I hope you have enjoyed my five places – maybe they are places you have been to and enjoyed, or maybe they are places you would never want to set foot in again!  I am supposed to nominate five other bloggers at this point, but it’s too hard, so if you fancy sharing your top five, then please do – I am looking forward to reading about them.


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six word saturday – exercise

WATCHING PEOPLE TAKE EXERCISE IS EXHAUSTING

My local park was the venue for a fund-raising 5 mile assault/obstacle course.  A friend was taking part so a few of us went along for support and jacket-holding.  Just watching the competitors as they walked and crawled through mud, slid down slides into the canal,  crawled under nets, crossed the canal on a floating ‘stepping stone’ bridge, clambered up walls, walked through huge ice baths and did various other very strenuous things was exhausting.  I had to have a sit down when I got home.

Have a good Saturday!

This post is for Six Word Saturday.  Click over to  Show My Face for more sets of six words.


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Friday letters – the Indian Summer edition

Dear Weather Gods,  Thank you for the late burst of summer which we have been enjoying for the last week or so.

Dear blackberry bushes,  Why are so many of you growing underneath chestnut trees?  It makes picking the blackberries a bit tricky when there are chestnuts falling from the trees!  I think I might need to wear a hard hat next time I am picking berries.

Dear Alexander McCall Smith,  Is there another Scotland Street novel on the way?  I have just finished your latest one, and I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.

Dear birds,  It was great to hear you singing, chirping and twittering in the park this morning.

Dear circular knitting needles,  I am eagerly awaiting your arrival in the mail so that I can get started on a tricky hat/scarf/gloves kit I was given for my birthday.  It’s a long time since I have used circular needles, or followed a Fair Isle pattern, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

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Have a good Friday everyone!


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weekly photo challenge: humanity

“For this week’s challenge, share what humanity means to you. Share a single photo or a collage to represent a sea of humanity.”

This is just a small sea of humanity, in the Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square), Venice.  It reminds me a little of the ‘Where’s Wally?’ pictures where there’s a lot going on, or a Lowry painting.

Look closely and you will see people feeding the pigeons (and there are LOTS of pigeons!), artists, street vendors with brightly coloured umbrellas, people taking photos of each other, people sitting having coffee, families, couples, babies in pushchairs, a band getting ready for a performance, a tour group, a child running…  Enlarge the picture and see what you can see.

Piazza San Marco humanity

This post is for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.


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six word saturday – catching up with things

VISITORS GONE AND NO EXCUSES NOW

My mum, the last of my summer visitors, has gone home now and I have no further excuses for not knuckling down and getting on with all the chores etc that have been waiting for me.   In the few days since she has gone I have got the laundry is almost up to date (just a little ironing left), the garden has had some attention, things have been properly tidied away (things that were just shoved out of sight whilst we had our guests!) and lots of other little things have been done that I can’t think of now.  I’m also trying to catch up with reading blogs which is great – I was beginning to fall quite far behind – and trying to put together some new blog posts of my own.

The sun is shining, so perhaps a bit more work in the garden is in order today.

This cartoon made me smile:

savage chicken pirates

Have a good weekend, whatever you are up to!

This post is for Six Word Saturday.  Click over to  Show My Face for more sets of six words.

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